Water – Gov. Sam Brownback is pushing the state to develop a water plan to at least extend the Ogallala Aquifer and keep western Kansas alive. The problem is that we’ve built an economy upon a vanishing resource. And those worried about the short-term loss of income can’t or won’t acknowledge the longer-term threat to the state when that water is gone. Brownback is thinking long term, as should the rest of us. He also knows that unless we quit talking and actually do something substantive, we’re headed not for a smooth transition into another era of farming but a hard crash.